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Hello,


This is my build:










System config


Case: H3.SODD Fanless HTPC Chassis 248 USD

PSU: Industrial 80W AC-DC ATX Fanless Power Supply 58 USD

Motherboard: ZOTAC Z68ITX-A-E LGA 1155 Intel Z68 165USD

Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core 125USD

Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) KVR1333D3N9K2/4G 32 USD

HDD1 (System): OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III 105 USD

HDD2 (Data): Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 170USD

Drive: Lite-On DL-4ETS Bluray Combo Drive 78 USD

IR Receiver: Internal IR receiver with MCE Remote Control(RC6) 18 USD


Total: 999 USD (funny, isn't it)


A few considerations:


I wanted my system to:

- work as a HTPC

- act as a router for my small home network

- serve as a http server - light load only ofc

- be as silent as possible

- consume as little power as possible

- look nice and blend with my other stuff in the cabinet


I also considered that SATA III and USB 3.0 should be mandatory.


H3.SODD Fanless HTPC Chassis is a very nice case and it's TOTALLY SILENT. I mean I have to check the power light to see if the computer is on.

Beware that this case needs a little space around it to have a little bit of airflow. If you use it for HTPC/router purposes I highly recommend it.

Also it does have a USB 3.0 port on the front which is very good (and rare). Also it is very nice.

I would have bought the H3.S case (which is the same but without the slot loadind bluray) but it was not available.


ZOTAC Z68ITX-A-E LGA 1155 Intel Z68 is totally overkill for a HTPC build, but I need a motherboard with:

-two Gigabit ports (remember the router function)

-USB 3.0

-SATA III

-HDMI output

-miniITX form factor

-Sandy Bridge platform

The Zotac was the only one I could find.


Intel Core i3-2100 is also too much, but could not find in my area a 2100T in a reasonable amount of time. 2100T it's the same proc but restricted to 2.5Ghz max freq, hence 35W.


OCZ Vertex 3 is also totally overkill, because you can use the mSATA port of the ZOTAC for a smaller mSATA drive. But could not find one at the moment.

Anyway any SSD solution is too much, because this system will boot once and act as a router for a very long time. So the speed of the SSD is not used. After a while when I'll build my next

system I'll get rid of the OCZ and make a partition on the Western Digital for the Ubuntu system.


I bought the blu-ray drive only because of the case. IMHO I consider that bluray distribution will silently fade away.

Normally I would go with the H3.S case, but not available.


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A few tests:


Operating system, Ubuntu 11.10 minimal & Xserver

All temperatures measurements at 24C ambient & WITH THE CASE IN THE CABINET AS IN THE PICTURE.

Power consumption measured at the wall.



- idle, Intel Core i3 2100 3.1Ghz ondemand (will scale down to 1.6Ghz), ------ 29W, 49°C

- xbmc 11.0 Eden beta1 - 1080p h264 hardware playback (vaapi & intel linux graphics) ---- 36W, 57°C

- prime95, 4 cores, blend test, 90 min run, Intel Core i3 2100 3.1Ghz, ondemand (will scale up to 3.1Ghz) ---- 70W, 86°C



As I mentioned all the tests are done with case in the cabine with a somewhat restricted airflow.

If I place the case on a table, in "open space" temps are:


- idle 43°C

- prime95 75°C


Regards,

Cristian
 

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Nice build. Love that Case...was it a pre built system? A little cramped for my taste but overall looks awesome.
 

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Nice build. Love that Case...was it a pre built system? A little cramped for my taste but overall looks awesome.

Built it myself.

Yes, it's cramped
SSD over the bluray drive is not officially suported by manufacturer, but doable, as in the picture
 

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Great build....im looking into using the same motherboard with similar specs all in a streamcom fc8 case......i was wondering how you are liking the performance when using XBMC (the main use for my build)...i was something insanely fast and silent....also, have you tried out the dual HDMI? can you use both at the same time at 1080p without killing the CPU?....thanks for your help
 

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XBMC performance is flawless, interface & playback.

Never tried dual HDMI, can't tell you about that.


Remember, unless you need something like two gigabit wired to the motherboard this Zotac is way overkill for this build.


BTW don't trust Streacom. They just shamelessly copied the case from HD-Plex. See this http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post21045307
 

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how did you set this up as a wireless router??
 

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Wireless was removed, as in the picture.

No need for it
It's routing to a separate AP


If u place the case in a cabinet it's not ideal for the antennas, anyway.
 

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I have a very similar set up. I have mine in a dual-"monitor" system, to a regular monitor and to a projector. I like it, just wish it was cheaper. I bought 8GB RAM for my system and am running Windows 7 64. The only problem I had was bad RAM that caused very infrequent random reboots. After I replaced the RAM, everything works great. Mine is situated on the top of a stack of equipment and is open to air, so it runs relatively cool.


I compare it to my Dell Zino, and I can hear the Dell from 15 feet way while sound is playing.
 

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The H3.SODD case's eject button is connected via USB and causes an eject via software--not a mechanical connection to the drive's eject button. The system works very well.
 
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